2012 NFL Power Rankings for Week 7
2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 7
With the close of another week in the 2012 NFL season comes the beginning of yet another one, and that always means it's time to examine where each of the 32 teams stand. There is just one team who remains undefeated and 11, yes 11, teams that have a record of 3-3. Now does that mean more than one third of the league is mediocre or does that mean that nothing makes sense right now. I personally will go with the latter due to the fact that in my opinion, the NFL is completely upside down this year. Regardless of whatever is occurring, here are my power rankings heading into week seven.
No. 32 Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
The Kansas City Chiefs absolutely stink; they are horrible no matter who is behind center, Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn. They are just a terrible team period, point blank!
Last week: #28 This week's opponent: Bye Week
No. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
The only thing that could have saved the Jacksonville Jaguars from suffering another loss was the bye week that they are coming off; there's nothing to like about this team besides the fact that they will probably be moving to Los Angeles in a few seasons (ssshhhh, article coming soon).
Last week: #31 This week's opponent: at Oakland
No. 30 Cleveland Browns (1-5)
There is much to be excited about for Cleveland Browns' fans; not only did the team get their first victory of the season last week but the NFL has approved their sale to Jimmy Haslam III.
Last week: #32 This week's opponent: at Indianapolis
No. 28 Oakland Raiders (1-4)
The Oakland Raiders almost pulled off one of the most stunning upsets of the season last week, then they remembered that they were the Oakland Raiders and lost.
Last week: #26 This week's opponent: vs Indianapolis Colts
No. 27 New Orleans Saints (1-4)
The New Orleans Saints are coming off of their bye week which could either be great for them and terrible for the rest of the league or the exact opposite for both. It all depends on if they have addressed the issues which have plagued them this season. A bonus for the defense is that they will be getting Jonathan Vilma back this week, maybe for one game or possibly more.
Last week: #27 This week's opponent: at Tampa Bay
No. 26 Tennessee Titans (2-4)
After allowing 30 points or more in each of their first five game this season, the Tennessee Titansfinally held a team under 30 and guess what happened? They actually won their second game of the season; defense wins not only championships but games too (it's a wild and crazy new theory that was just invented I guess).
Last week: #29 This week's opponent: at Buffalo
No. 25 Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
Following an emotional victory for head coach Chuck Pagano two weeks ago, last week the Indianapolis Colts endured a huge let down by losing to a team they could have beaten. Indy needs to focus and get back on track before its too late to put together a decent record.
Last week: #21 This week's opponent: vs Cleveland
No. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally stopped their losing streak at three games. Now, if they can put together two more victories they'll have a three game winning streak and their record back to .500.
Last week: #25 This week's opponent: vs New Orleans
No. 23 New York Jets (3-3)
Anyone impressed with the New York Jets lopsided victory last week? I'm not. They still looked extremely inconsistent on both sides of the ball despite winning the game; their true test will come this week, then we can see what kind of team they are.
Last week: #23 This week's opponent: at New England
No. 22 Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Miami Dolphins are an interesting team to pay attention to going forward. They have the potential to either have a tremendous second half of the year or a completely disgusting one, and it all depends on how Ryan Tannehill develops.
Last week: #22 This week's opponent: Bye Week
No. 21 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
Just when it seemed as if the Pittsburgh Steelers were getting healthy and back on the right track, they go and lay an egg on national television to a team that they should've beaten with their backups. What's going on in the Steel City?
Last week: #15 This week's opponent: at Cincinnati
No. 20 Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
The Dallas Cowboys can't seem to stop slamming their own foot or hand or whatever in the door, but honestly that's nothing new considering they've been that way since Tony Romo took over as the starting quarterback slightly more than six years ago.
Last week: #16 This week's opponents: at Carolina
No. 19 Detroit Lions (2-3)
The Detroit Lions earned a much needed, possibly season saving victory last week. Now they just need to figure out a way to get their running game going so the passing game can stop being keyed on by opposing defenses.
Last week: #24 This week's opponent: at Chicago
No. 18 Buffalo Bills (3-3)
The Buffalo Bills' defense is a tale of two units. In their three wins, they have allowed just 47 points (15.6 per game), but in their three losses, they have allowed 145 points (48.3 per game). The word of the day, everyday on the chalkboard for that D needs to be consistency.
Last week: #20 This week's opponents: vs Tennessee
No. 17 Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)
The Cincinnati Bengals must stop losing to teams which they should handle easily. If they can do that, then maybe they'll reach the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time in three decades.
Last week: #14 This week's opponent: vs Pittsburgh
No. 16 San Diego Chargers (3-3)
The San Diego Chargers continue to be one of the biggest enigmas in the NFL and they displayed this 100 percent in last week's game outscoring their opponent 24-0 in the first half, and then being outscored themselves 35-0 in the second half.
Last week: #13 This week's opponent: Bye Week
No. 15 St. Louis Rams (3-3)
Despite losing a close one last week, the St. Louis Rams still have one of the better defensive units in the league and that should allow them to bounce back during the up-and-coming weeks to return their record above .500.
Last week: #12 This week's opponent: vs Green Bay
No. 14 Washington Redskins (3-3)
Robert Griffin III had an incredible game last week and led the Washington Redskins to an amazing win that has not only improved the positioning in the NFC East standings and my power rankings, but will also give the team confidence for the remainder of the season.
Last week: #19 This week's opponent: at New York G
No. 13 Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
The Philadelphia Eagles fired their defensive coordinator Juan Castillo despite having a solid defense. Yet, Michael Vick is still the starting quarterback despite having the second most turnovers in the league. Is there any wonder why there are issues in Philly?
Last week: #10 This week's opponent: Bye Week
No. 12 Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
The Arizona Cardinals have gone from being undefeated at 4-0 to now losing two straight. Something needs to be done about that offensive line who has allowed a league worst 28 sacks and have let both quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton get destroyed (not to mention their top two running backs are on IR also).
Last week: #7 This week's opponent: at Minnesota
No. 11 Denver Broncos (3-3)
The Denver Broncos are officially the best second half team in the NFL, they have outscored their opponents 128-40 after intermission so far this season; now just imagine how dangerous Peyton Manning and company could be if they got their act together in the first half when they have been outscore 98-42.
Last week: #18 This week's opponent: Bye Week
No. 10 New England Patriots (3-3)
The New England Patriots are the epitome of inconsistency. One week they look dominant, the next they lose to a team who no one thought they would lose to. Maybe Richard Sherman was right about them with some of the trash talk he put out everywhere in the atmosphere following last week's stunner.
Last week: #9 This week's opponent: vs New York J
No. 9 Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
The Minnesota Vikings were ran all over last week, but still have a very solid team. Now they just need to put that loss behind them and remember why they have one of the better defenses and running games in the NFL.
Last week: #6 This week's opponent: vs Arizona
No. 8 Green Bay Packers (3-3)
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally had the type of game that many were expecting out of them all season long, which is why they had the biggest leap in the rankings this week. Now the only question is can they build on this and continue to play well like this, or was this just a fluke?
Last week: #17 This week's opponent: at St. Louis
No. 7 San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
The San Francisco 49ers again disappointed by getting crushed at home by who it seems like are their fathers in the NFC. Before the Niners can earn my respect back they must stop getting spanked by their daddy.
Last week: #4 This week's opponent: vs Seattle
No. 6 Seattle Seahawks (4-2)
Any body out there have any doubts about the Seattle Seahawks being seriously for real? Their defense is ranked fourth in the NFL in offensive yards allowed per game and second in both rushing yards allowed per game and points allowed per game.
Last week: #11 This week's opponent: at San Francisco
No. 5 New York Giants (4-2)
The New York Giants again rose to the occasion against one of the leagues top teams showing us exactly why we should never count them out as a legitimate contender as long as Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin are around.
Last week: #8 This week's opponent: vs Washington
No. 4 Chicago Bears (4-1)
The Chicago Bears had a bye week but still find themselves moving up in the rankings due to others falling. The Bears' defense looks like that '06 Chicago defense, and they should be even better this week coming off of a week of rest.
Last week: 5 This week's opponent: vs Detroit
No. 3 Houston Texans (5-1)
The Houston Texans suffered their first loss of the season, but are still one of the top teams in the NFL. Now they must display that they can put that loss behind them and get back to their winning ways, especially against a very tough opponent up next.
Last week: #1 This week's opponent: vs Baltimore
No. 2 Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
The Baltimore Ravens squeaked by with yet another close victory and moved up in the rankings, but have lost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the season in the process.
Last week: #3 This week's opponent: at Houston
No. 1 Atlanta Falcons (6-0)
With another close, scary win, the Atlanta Falcons remain the only undefeated team in the league, but one has to wonder how long will that stay the same because they look shaky.
Last week: #2 This week's opponent: Bye Week